Tips & Tricks

Foundation Tips: How To Look Natural With Foundation

July 29, 2006


Want to know how to make your foundation melt into your skin and look uber natural? Here are a few tricks you can use.


• Less is more. It is easier to build up the coverage than tone it down. Always start with little amounts then add in more if necessary.

• Using a foundation brush can really help to give an airbrushed look. I highly recommend M·A·C #190 foundation brush.

• Set your foundation with a spray to take away any cakiness. Try M·A·C Fix+, rosewater or even just spring water. Make sure you spray from at least 6-7 inches away.

• Check under natural light to make sure there are no streaks.

• For a natural look, use a tinted moisturizer or just make your own by mixing your favorite foundation with your moisturizer.

• When you blend foundation, start from the center of your face and blend outwards using light, downward strokes. Powder only your oiliest area to avoid looking too made up.

• If you have applied too much, tone it down by running a slightly damp sponge over your skin.

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18 Comments

  • Reply Anonymous July 29, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    Thank you. 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous July 30, 2006 at 1:35 am

    I’d like to add that a cosmetic wedge does wonders for smoothing out application, as long as you wet it first

  • Reply wing July 30, 2006 at 2:30 am

    ho useful r lang lui~~~^^

  • Reply Anonymous July 30, 2006 at 7:47 am

    I went to MAC yesterday and I found myself hesitant in asking for a makeover. What exactly is the best way to approach a makeup artist? I feel self conscious and embarrassed when doing so!

  • Reply Phyllis August 1, 2006 at 7:46 pm

    wedges are good too but make sure the pores aren’t too big or they’ll end up soaking up your foundation.

  • Reply Phyllis August 1, 2006 at 8:24 pm

    Most places do not offer full makeovers for free. Usually you have to make an appointment and pay $30-50 which are redeemable in product. But if you want to try out a certain product, all you have to do is go up to a sales person and tell him/her directly. Remember those people are there to help you so you have no reason to feel intimidated.

  • Reply Geneve February 18, 2007 at 11:33 am

    What kind of foundation will help cover up a birthmark on the face?

  • Reply Phyllis February 19, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Geneve, to cover up a birthmark, I would suggest using something with heavier coverage. Covermark and Ben Nye both make some really good foundations with heavy coverage. I would not suggest using these on a regular basis though cos they do have the tendency to clog your pores and do more damage to your skin.

  • Reply Anonymous August 14, 2007 at 10:55 am

    what if i spray with those water wouldnt it smudge with the mascara?

  • Reply Phyllis August 14, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    Like I said in the entry, spray from at least 6-7 inches away so your face will not be dripping wet. Also, you are spraying it all over and not just on your eye area so it should not affect your eye makeup.

  • Reply Anonymous December 30, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    No matter what I do, I just cannot keep my under eye area squeaky clean. What do you do? I’m just tired of keep retouching concealer throughout the day… Thank you!

  • Reply Phyllis January 5, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Try using a waterproof eyeliner like MAC Liquidlast and waterproof mascara. Remember to also powder your undereye area after you have applied your concealer to set it.

  • Reply Anonymous January 15, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Hi Phyllis!
    I was just wondering how you would apply foundation w/o looking caked and heavy on acne prone skin? what product/s would you reccomend?

  • Reply lilly March 13, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    i need to cover a birthmark daily:

    i use Smashbox conversion cream to powder foundation. it can be lightweight but you can build the color to be heavy. it comes in a compact with a pad.

    i basically use it not all over the face but as a spot concealer since it covers a region of my cheek; the color match becomes very important because of this.

    i’m aware of other products that are actually meant for flaw coverage, but these all actually seem less versatile than this product. the only problem i have is that its not waterproof (which might actually be good since i wear it every day!) so i can’t touch my face where it is.

  • Reply yongwonhi July 7, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    what make up tips for summer can you give me?

  • Reply Phyllis July 9, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Check out the following entry for tips for the summer:

    http://www.makeupforlife.net/2006/06/makeup-for-summer.html

  • Reply IbelieveG33 July 16, 2009 at 5:56 am

    to make tinted moisturizer , can you use powder or liquid foundation to mix it with your moisturizer ?

  • Reply Phyllis July 16, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    IbelieveG33, you can make your very own tinted moisturizer by mixing liquid foundation with your moisturizer. I don’t see how powder would work though.

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